We're on a cruise that takes us to Marseille on a Sunday. We'd really like to go to Avignon to see the Palais de Papes. Various guide books make it seem easy enough to do, but as we'd rather not miss the ship, we thought we'd see if anyone has done the trip and has any advice.
It appears that we can take a TGV train from Gare Saint-Charles in Marseille in about 40 minutes, hop on a shuttle into City Center, and from their make it to the Palais. (I should mention here that neither of us speaks any French, which could slow us down a bit.)
The ship arrives first thing in the morning, and leaves at 6:00. We're figuring on about a 4 hour round trip from Marseille to Avignon, which should leave us with 3 or so hours at the Palais or walking around Avignon. Longer if the trains, etc. work out favorably.
Any advice will be appreciated.